Sims is ready to lead Fort Scott resurgence

A key component to Fort Scott's return to the top of the charts will be what many hope will be an improved defense. Leading the charge up front for the Greyhounds this fall will be DE Marlin Sims (6-2, 265) and he told recently that during the spring several schools made contact and have continued to show him attention...

Sims played his prep ball at Central (Phenix City, Al.) High School and even though he was a standout on both sides of the ball, he wasn't recruited very heavily.

"I didn't really have anyone looking at me because of my grades," Sims told "I had a chance to go to a lot of different JC programs, but I am from the south and while I love it, I wanted to get away from home and just see a different part of the country and to get out on my own.

"Fort Scott had a great season here the year before I got here, but we fell on some hard times last season and I hope we can get back to where we need to be this fall."

Even though the Greyhounds limped to a 3-6 season, Sims still was solid posting 33 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss while playing nearly every position along the line.

"At the start of last season, they really didn't have anyone to play the middle, so they moved me inside and I played the nose (tackle position)," Sims said. "Eventually they were able to move me back outside full-time and I did a lot better there.

"I'm probably a better run-stopper, but I've really worked a lot on my pass-rushing and I think I could break out this year."

On the recruiting front, Sims has already been hearing from a handful of four-year schools, but says he is still waiting on his first offer.

"This spring I've been talking to North Texas, Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa State," Sims said. "Missouri Southern likes me and I got a letter from Auburn, but you know how that goes. It's not really something I take seriously right now, but if they come after me, I definitely will."

Sims is on pace to graduate in December and, because he redshirted in 2009, he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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